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Response to Uponthegears (Reply #160)

Mon Jan 16, 2017, 10:17 AM

191. So you do approve of Bernie wanting to primary President Obama

Sanders was a horribly weak candidate who was rejected by Jewish, African American and Latino voters.

As for JPR types, I was a delegate to the national convention and so I got to interact with a good number of Sanders delegates. I hate to break it to you but the JPR types do represent the Sanders delegates who represented Sanders at the National Convention. Maybe Sanders did not vet his delegates because he was not in the race to win but the Sanders delegates at the National Convention mirror many of the JPR types.

In the real world you have to work a long time and put in a ton of work to be be a delegate to the National Convention. All of the Clinton delegates were vetted (I know because I helped in the vetting process). The Sanders delegates were selected on the basis if they were BOB types and these delegates really did not reflect well on Sanders values. Each candidate had approval rights over their delegates and the Sanders people used this right to remove and replace a delegate who was duly elected in his senate district caucus because this delegate was not a BOB type and the replacement was a BOB. I saw first hand the results of the so-called careful vetting of the Sanders delegates to the national convention.

Sanders may not have vetted his delegates but then again he was not really running for the nomination or to build a movement but to sell books.

As for John Lewis, the Sanders delegates at the national convention were very proud of their treatment of Lewis. Again, either the Sanders delegates represent the Sanders movement or Sanders did a poor job of vetting. I have met Congressman Lewis a couple of times and have several signed copies of two of his March books. I have a great picture of Lewis standing next to Karem Abdul Jabbar and Keith Ellison at an event. I am proud of the way that Lewis is effectively standing up to Trump right now. Has Sanders made any comments about Congressman Lewis yet? I have not seen any support and fear that Sanders will not take this action because it would hurt his book sales.

If you want to support Sanders go ahead. Have you bought his book yet? That is what Sanders is really concerned about.

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